charles ryan

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A new report says locks failed for years at an Arizona prison and allowed for serious beatings of prisoners and guards, but Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan failed to appreciate the seriousness of the problem until video of an assault was broadcast on television.

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The embattled director of the Arizona Department of Corrections is resigning.

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Attorneys challenging the quality of health care in Arizona prisons are seeking another round of contempt-of-court fines against the state for failing to file monthly reports documenting its noncompliance with a legal settlement that requires improvements to inmate care.

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Attorneys representing inmates in a lawsuit over the quality of health care in Arizona prisons want an appeals court to deny the Department of Correction's bid to throw out a contempt-of-court ruling against its director for failing to adequately improve inmate care.

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The state of Arizona wants a judge to hold off on issuing $1.6 million in threatened contempt-of-court fines for failing to adequately follow through on its promises to improve health care for prisoners.